The Icefields Parkway of Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Canada’s Icefields Parkway runs 144 miles through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. At its southern end is the picturesque Lake Louise while its northern tip is marked by the idyllic town of Jasper (no prizes for guessing why I’m particularly fond of this mountain oasis).

Bow Lake

Somewhere in Banff National Park

Our monster

Me at the Athabasca Glacier (the light is a bit funky, but I swear I really am there, not Photoshopped in!)

View of the Icefields Parkway from the snout of the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield

Equally dramatic somewhere in Jasper National Park

Sunwapta Falls

Sunset on Pyramid Lake, Jasper

Your constant travelling companions along the highway are the stark peaks of the Rocky Mountains, of course. But you’ll also see rushing rivers, peaceful lakes, ancient glaciers, tumbling waterfalls, and if you’re lucky, a critter or two.

Pyramid Lake and Mountain in the early morning

The entire length of the Icefields Parkway lies within two of Canada’s most dramatic and photogenic national parks, Banff in the south and Jasper (there’s that name again!) in the north. Together, these make up a sizeable part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It’s easy to see where Big Bend gets his name

The multiple waterfalls of the Weeping Wall

One of the Weeping Wall falls

So jump in the car and head west, for what has been voted one of the most beautiful drives in the World.

A Grizzly Bear not far from Lake Louise

Chipmunk at Sunwapta Falls

Big horn sheep disrupting traffic

And again!

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Diagonal Line(s) from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Peaks from Patrick’s Pix To Words, Stark from Debbie’s Travel With Intent, and Layers from Jenn’s Traveling at Wits End.



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24 Responses to The Icefields Parkway of Canada’s Rocky Mountains

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    You always take us on a great adventure. Your photos (and diagonals) are so very beautiful and scenic. 😀

  2. travtrails says:

    Brings back memories. It is a treat to drive to the Columbia Icefields, Banff and Jasper. Did not see a Grizzly though

  3. Lana Cole says:

    Gorgeous photos!☀️

  4. As I mentioned over on my blog, thanks for taking me on a journey through Banff and Jasper with relatively clear skies! =) That’s a spectacular trip, well documented. =)

  5. bushboy says:

    So much to take in. Wonderful 🙂

  6. Debbie Smyth says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed going on this stark trail with you Jaspa

  7. Hammad Rais says:

    These snaps of yours are indeed majestic 🙂

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  10. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful part of the world to travel through. Those mountains are staggeringly beautiful.

  11. Mukhamani says:

    There is so much that is beautiful in our planet. Thank you for sharing

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